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Vintage
2011
Vineyard Designation
Paolo’s Vineyard
Syrah

2011 Syrah
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.5 Brix
Alcohol
13.60
Cases Produced
175
Opt Consumption
2014-2019
Cooperage
24% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 14-19, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
April 2014

Being our flagship wine, Paolo's Vineyard Syrah best communicates our grape growing and winemaking vision: balanced, rich flavors uniquely reflective of our estate mountainside vineyards. 2011 was a much cooler year than usual, thus the wine reflects more subtlety, lower alcohol and smooth body. The flavors are quintessentially syrah with brambly berries, grilled bacon, and spices.

"Deliciously reflective of a cooler vintage and the nuances the variety can display in the right hands." says Virginie Boone of Wine Enthusiast, as she awarded the wine 93 points and Editor's Choice (which means the wine is a good value at the price, and offers unique qualities that merit special attention).

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2011 Vintage
Although California's north coast has an ideal climate for growing grapes, the weather in 2011 created many challenges.  Spring was wet and cold, including rain during the crucial pollination phase, followed by a cool summer with temperatures 10-15°F below normal. With a smaller crop, ripening sped up with warmer temperatures in August and September, but then the rain arrived early in October.  At Montemaggiore, we harvested in smaller lots than usual, offering the vines every opportunity for ripeness before significant rain damage set in. 

Winemaker's Goal
The Paolo's Vineyard Syrah is Montemaggiore's flagship wine, thus the ultimate expression of our estate mountainside vineyards.  Typically 100% Syrah, this wine has rich and intense flavors balancing black fruit with spicy, earthy, savory notes.

Tasting Notes
Aromas of earth, grilled meat, and brambly berries mingle with mineral and white pepper components, which reflect the cool, wet vintage. Flavors on the palate are similar, being framed by soft tannins and gentle acidity. Being more European in style, this Syrah has lower alcohol and a lighter body than usual from Paolo's Vineyard.
Winemaking Notes
Five individual blocks of Syrah were hand-harvested over six days in mid-October. The grapes traveled less than 100 yards to the estate winery where they were destemmed but not crushed, then carefully hand-sorted at the berry level. About 20% of whole clusters (including stems) were added for complexity. All the grapes underwent a two-day cold soak in open-top stainless steel tanks, then were inoculated with the northern Rhône Syrah yeast. The whole berry fermentation with punchdowns for cap management brought out the wine's complexity on the palate. After a gentle pressing in a stainless steel basket press in order to limit astringency, the wine aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels.

Food Pairings
Being medium to full-bodied, Montemaggiore Syrah goes well with foods that are likewise.  The earthy flavors in mushrooms, the smokey flavors in grilled meats, the slightly gamey flavors in lamb echo the aromas in the Paolo's Vineyard Syrah. 

This wine pairs well with marinated tri-tip, lamb kebabs, pasta bolognese, grilled portobellos, pork tenderloin, bacon rösti, and sheep's milk cheeses.

Consider our recipes for wild mushroom and brie crostini, salsa di parmigianochipotle sweet potato gratin, salmon grilled on a cedar plank, bucatini amatriciana, and lamb burgers.

Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
December 2015

A rustic, French countryside kind of a wine, this is deliciously reflective of a cooler vintage and the nuances the variety can display in the right hands. Meat and a shaker’s worth of pepper make for a savory, sauvage taste experience that’s soft in texture and exotic, with a powerful bite of tannin on the finish. Editors’ Choice

Other Vintages
Montemaggiore has produced Paolo's Vineyard Syrah since our first vintage in 2002.  

 
Varietal Blend
Syrah 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
22.5 Brix
Alcohol
13.60
Cases Produced
175
Opt Consumption
2014-2019
Cooperage
24% new French oak
Harvest Date
Oct 14-19, 2011
Bottling Date
April 2013
Release Date
April 2014